Building a Best-Fit, No-Sweat College List in a Week

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/21/20 6:00 AM / by Vincent Nicandro

One of the most daunting aspects of applying to colleges is actually deciding where to apply to college. But where do you start looking, and how do you create a good list? If you haven't started yet, you're pretty late to the game, but not too late to start. Let's roll up our sleeves and get you started. 

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Summer Scoop: STEM Summer Programs Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/12/20 11:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

Looking for summer programs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects? This is the second part in a series of some amazing summer programs that we think you should check out. Below you’ll find a list of a few great pre-college programs that give students exposure to STEM, while bolstering admissions chances. All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships so apply now!

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Summer Scoop: STEM Summer Programs Part 1

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/20 11:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

Looking for summer programs for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects? This is the first part in a series of some amazing summer programs that we think you should check out. Below you’ll find a list of a few great pre-college programs that give students exposure to STEM, while bolstering admissions chances. All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships so apply now!

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Parents: My Student Identifies As LGBQT+

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/28/20 9:00 AM / by Anne Macleod Weeks

As parents, we want our students to thrive in college.  How can we make sure our students thrive while accepting and growing into their identities? Read on for more.

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College Bound: Building Healthy Family Relationships

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/20 11:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Your parental figures raised you and put lots of time and care into you. If you feel that it is important to have a life-long healthy relationship with them, the time to start is now! Well, actually, the time to start was probably whenever you joined the program, since that's how long they've been looking out for you. But it's never too late...

As you prepare to graduate from high school and transition to college, you enter the adult world. These changes will affect your relationship with your parents, so it would be a good idea to build a new relationship with them.

 

* Parental figures and parents mean the people who hopefully protected, cared for, and taught you things when you were young. They don't have to be blood relatives; your chosen family, or lack thereof, is valid. Sometimes, you parent yourself. 

 

Here are some healthy ways to build a more adult relationship with your parents, whoever they may be.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Cornell University's Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/20 11:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

If you’re looking for the right way to approach Cornell University’s essay supplement, look no further. The beautiful school, boasting 50 Nobel laureates and a fittingly noble public mission, draws attention for the high caliber of education--and cutthroat 10-percent acceptance rate--and demands a strong application to succeed. But don't let that scare you off. Here is Empowerly's guidance on how to answer Cornell’s essay! 

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Vanderbilt University's Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/2/20 8:15 AM / by Empowerly Team

If you’re applying to Vanderbilt University, you’ll want to do a stellar job on the one additional prompt they ask you to answer. Here are our thoughts on the best approach to this essay.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer Washington University in St. Louis' Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/26/20 12:16 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

This one’s a trap...there’s no supplemental essay!

Washington University in St. Louis is an incredible school and there’s no supplemental essay required. Make sure your Common/Coalition App essay is stellar, and you’ll be good to go.

Not satisfied? We won't leave you hanging. In this article will dig a little deeper.

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How To Include A Portfolio In Your College Application

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/24/20 9:15 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

Remember "Show and Tell" days in elementary school? It's not just a fun learning activity (or tip for writing) anymore!

Today, it's a growing trend amongst college applicants to not only include the standard admission information in college applications (like short essays, academic profile, extracurricular activities), but also to include a digital portfolio of document, videos, photos in their application.

Unsure of how to approach this? Let's talk about it!

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When Are College Applications Due? College App Deadlines Coming Up!

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/19/20 3:20 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

It's fall semester and all of a sudden, everyone around you is talking about college application deadlines... and you hear a lot of conflicting answers. It's totally okay to be confused! Don't let that confusion stop you from asking questions. 

Looking for some clear answers? You don't have to slog through pages of Google search results to get a semi-unsure timeline. Check out our list, below.

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Essay Scoop: How to Answer UC Berkeley's Essays

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/16/20 6:45 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

It's a fact: UC Berkeley is the most competitive state school in California. The school boasts Nobel laureates and ground-breaking research in many fields, and is considered by many to even be the #1 public university in the world.

Beyond the classroom, the vibrant Bay Area community in close proximity to other top universities and the Silicon Valley make this campus a very attractive option for young scholars looking for a launchpad into their future. With all these resources on the table, it's no surprise the admissions readers must be picky.

Empowerly provides guidance on how to answer some of its personal insight essay questions.

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The B-Student's Guide to College Acceptance

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/14/20 1:54 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

What if you're not the top-scorer in your class? Worried you won't stand a chance of being accepted to a quality school, because your peers seem to always out-score you? 

 

Don't worry. At Empowerly, we believe that everyone deserves a quality education, regardless of your past track record. If you have the drive and ambition to succeed, we're here to help you reach for the stars. Read on for a few tried-and-true methods to boost your application profile and land an acceptance at the perfect school for you.

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Elite High Schools and Competitive College Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/12/20 12:05 PM / by Gelyna Price

 Four Tips to Keep in Mind when Applying to College from an Elite High School

Case Study: Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco

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College Counselor Recommendation Letters

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/9/20 2:45 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

The college counselor recommendation is one of the most important and overlooked portions of the college admissions process. "Virtually every classmate that I have spoken to at Stanford had a good relationship with his/her counselor, and some maintain friendships," one advisor said. This year, the Common Application has added two options for school counselors to decline sending an evaluation for students:
  • "I do not have sufficient personal knowledge of this student."
  • "The demands of my counseling load do not afford me sufficient time."

    With these options, it is critical that you give school counselors a reason to write you evaluations by developing a personal connection and showing sincere effort in your academics and extracurricular activities. Recommendation letters for college is one of the most underrated elements of the admissions process.

 

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Breaking: Secret Ingredient for College Acceptance Benchmarking Decoded

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/6/20 11:00 AM / by Madeleine Karydes

While the elimination of the SAT and ACT in college admissions opens up accessibility for many, others now struggle to quantify their potential. Empowerly understands that students are more than just a number. Here is their solution.

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